Friday, September 23, 2011

Easy Hospitality :: Take a Hike!

from Carrie

In the past we've discussed various ways to enjoy the fellowship and hospitality of others - particularly those having children that are not as well mannered. I'm not here to revisit that particular topic (although it can always stand to be revisited every now and again!) but to remind you that you don't necessarily need to avoid fellowship with those families but to remind you to be creative in the ways you do it!

Of course, summer provided (provides?) ample opportunity to play outdoors but you might find a few more chances to get out and explore the great outdoors before winter weather sets in. If you're going on a hike some evening or weekend, why not invite friends along to join you? You can walk and talk at the same time and the children can have loads of fun running about exploring the great outdoors!

With limited time left to enjoy decent outdoor weather (at least in my opinion) what could be better than grabbing some friends - or extended family members - and trekking out to breathe in the fresh air?

This past summer/early September we've tried to get out of the house as much as possible. Two or three times we invited other people to join us in our romps through forests and up hills. Once, we joined a group for hiking and then brought them back to our house and we made s'mores over the firepit in our yard. A few different times we invited people to join us for dinner, after which we hiked off the calories. Another time we met people for a walk and then went out for ice cream afterward.

Really, this is a fantastic way to connect with others, get some good exercise and enjoy a treat or two. You don't have to think about coming up with entertainment because entertainment is to be found in crooked trees, long walking sticks, fall foliage and fresh breezes that cool you down as you skip (or huff!) along. The kids run off their energy and the adults also get a chance to clear their minds, unwind and refocus.

Being outdoors is refreshing. Being with others just adds to the blessing. So - take a hike! But take someone with you!

P.S. Happy First Day of Autumn!


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  1. This is a great idea! We took a hike with friends a few weeks ago. We packed a picnic and when our hike was over enjoyed lunch together. Fun times and great memories.

    My children enjoy hiking through the woods, looking at interesting plants, searching for creatures (frogs anyone?), and listening to birds sing. My kids are good for up to 2 miles round trip as long as we take it slow.

  2. I've never thought of doing this before. Thanks for the idea! (And glad to see a new post around these here parts.)

  3. Great idea! This is a truly great way to spend time with others!